MORAINE, Ohio (AP) — A 3-year-old boy who was found unresponsive in a hot car outside a relative’s home has died at an Ohio hospital, authorities said.
The boy was reported missing Wednesday evening in Moraine, just south of Dayton, and after a brief search involving dozens, he was found in an inoperable vehicle with the windows up. Temperatures in the area were in the mid-80s at the time.
Moraine police said he died Friday at Dayton Children’s Hospital. They identified the boy as Camilo Juarez, the Dayton Daily News reported.
It’s unclear how long he had been in the vehicle. Police said it appeared he got into the car on his own, WDTN-TV reported.
An autopsy was expected, but the coroner’s office said it wasn’t releasing any information on the case Saturday.
Moraine police Sgt. Jon Spencer told the Dayton newspaper there were no immediate charges, but the case will be reviewed by the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office in accordance with local procedure.
Dayton Children’s Hospital reported that as of late May, eight children around the U.S. had died after being trapped in hot cars. The head of the hospital’s Center for Child Health and Wellness has said the temperature in a car can rise sharply in as little as 10 minutes even in mild weather, and a child’s body can heat several times faster than an adult’s body.